Jul 6, 2011 6:22am
Re: a few movies in question ...
The problem is not with the notice or the original registration. Both were in order. The original registration record from the Cumulative Copyright Catalogue 1950-59 is:
THE YOUNG LAND. C. V. Whitney Pictures.
Released by Columbia Pictures Corp. 89
min., sd.. Technicolor, 35mm. From a story
by John Reese. © C. V. Whitney Pictures,
Inc.; 30Dec57; LP12884.
and the notice matches those details.
The reason this film is considered public domain is the renewing party. Tartan Enterprises was 1985's entry into the copyright hijackers hall of fame. They filed 20 renewals in December 1985:
Damn Yankees. By Warner Brothers Pictures, Inc. 1958
Dangerous youth. By Everest Pictures, Ltd. 1958
Enemy from space. By United Artists Corporation. 1957
Hell Canyon outlaws. By Jerold-Zukor Productions, Inc. 1957
*I bury the living. By Maxim Productions, Inc. 1958
*James Dean story. By George Robert Documentaries, Inc. 1985 (Registration)
*James Dean story. By George Robert Documentaries, Inc. 1957 (Renewal)
Last paradise. By Zenith Films. 1957
Lovemaker. By Juan A. Bardem. 1958
Man from Tangier. By Butcher's Film Productions. 1957
Man on the prowl. By Jana Film Enterprises, Inc. 1957
*Mark of the hawk. By World Horizons, Inc. 1958
*Missouri traveler. By C. V. Whitney Pictures, Inc. 1957
Pajama game. By Warner Brothers Pictures, Inc. 1957
Parisienne. By Filmsonor, S.A. 1957
Poor but beautiful. By Dino Risi. 1958
Search for paradise. By Stanley Warner Cinerama Corporation. 1957
Traversee de Paris. By Marcel Ayme, Pierre Bost & Jean Aurenche. 1957
Woman in a dressing gown. By Godwin-Willis Productions, Ltd. 1957
*Young land. By Columbia Pictures Corporation. 1957
most were also renewed by their rightful owners and remain in copyright. The ones marked * were not renewed by their original owners or their legitimate successors.